The seven year contract, won in the face of strong competition from Onyx, ServiceTeam, MRS, Cory and incumbent, SITA, is valued at£1.9m. It will see Biffa take responsibility for the authority's household, commercial, recycling and bulky household waste collections from 5 August.
Mole Valley DC already provides for the recycling of newspapers, magazines and cans and is currently achieving a recycling rate of 14%. Government targets of 36% by 2005/6 has led the authority to consider the introduction of a twin-wheeled bin system - one bin for recyclables and one for refuse. This will allow, with Biffa's assistance, for a greater range of recyclable materials to be collected.
'After meeting privately with officers from Tandridge and West Berkshire DCs, where Biffa also have responsibility for municipal waste collection, we were convinced that Biffa were right for the job,' said Mole Valley's head of general services, Dave Parr. 'We were also impressed with the company's quality assurance systems and their key performance indicators.
'We're delighted to be working with Mole Valley DC,' said Biffa regional manager, Jason Holtom. 'There is a real opportunity for increased recycling and improved service provision and we will be bringing to bear all our knowledge and experience in helping the authority achieve its targets.'
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